The Pond, a Power Station, Britpop & TV

We’ve been busy behind the scenes (not just stuffing our face with truffles and game), and next month we throw open the doors to our new collaboration with Francesco Mazzei: Fuime in Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village site in Battersea.

Francesco will be steering the ship at Fiume as Chef Patron, while Head Chef Francesco Chiarelli, who has the same name and the same hometown in southern Italy, will look after the day-to-day running.

With Thames views and a large Mediterranean-style piazza to enjoy them from, we’re pretty excited about our new South London southern Italian.

That said, we haven’t got too much time to sit around celebrating with antipasti and aperitivos because we have even more exciting new restaurants in the pipeline to get the creative flavours flowing!

We’re going mad for it in Manchester

Salford, Manchester

It’s the city of the Smiths, Oasis, the Chemical Brothers and it invented the British club scene at the Hacienda.It’s fair to say that when it comes to music, Manchester’s got more front than Liam Gallagher at an Alex James cheese tasting. These days it’s not all about the ears, though. Manchester’s restaurant scene has got foodie types flocking, and it’s not just chip buttys they’re after. The food scene is, as they say, buzzin. We can’t wait to be part of it with our new rooftop restaurant 20 Stories, where diners will be able to tuck in 100 metres up in the air. Manchester, things are about to get high!

Bluebird is flying across the Pond

New York skyline

New York, New York. Where you can find everything you would ever need to wear, eat or own, and where some of the best TV programmes ever produced are born. It is a city that never stops moving and that has everything; or at least it will do soon. Our iconic Chelsea restaurant will land in the heart of Manhattan in September next year. Perched on the third floor of Time Warner Centre, it will be spreading its wings out over more than 10,000 square feet, overlooking what is probably the most famous park in the world: Central Park. Bluebird will be shaking its sexy London tail feathers, taking the best of our city’s glam to stateside.

Still smoking in London Town

Television Centre, White City

Back in our ‘hood, Bluebird is finally taking its place on the small screen okay, so we haven’t got our own TV show (yet), but we are opening a Bluebird café in the BBC’s former home, the iconic Television Centre at White City. The new West London digs will include a café, bar, deli and outdoor terrace for people-spotting. It’s our second ever Bluebird opening and we can’t wait to get stuck in with our new neighbours. A little birdie tells us this won’t be the last Bluebird in London, either.